Vincent Michéa is a French artist based in Paris and Dakar. He flew to Dakar after graduating in 1986 from the ESAG/Penninghen. This decision has moulded and informed his art work ever since.

Michéa’s work is mysterious and vibrant. Black and white photography chopped, masked and painted over make abstract images anew. He has a show opening today at the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury titled De Punta a Punta.

I particularly love his portraits adorned with gold, where he uses Maggi’s Kubor stock cube wrappers to cover the figures in gold.

Sockhna #3, 2015 © Vincent Michea

Working with different media such as paint, graphics and collage, his work is varied and rich. From large painted reproductions of African record covers to Roy Lichtenstein-like portraits, Michéa’s ‘characters slip into a new role, disguised and camouflaged with colour’. I can’t help but see a resemblance to Klimt’s intense paintings but with African figures.

A co-founder of art pop-up studio 100% Dakar, Michéa also teaches silkscreen printing at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels (ESAV) in Marrakech, Morocco.

Check out his work at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury in Dakar from October 2 to December 12, 2015.